|Laundry Room and Detergent Safety
Any family with young children spends a great deal of time doing laundry. In
order to stay one step ahead, parents need to make sure that anything little
fingers may try to open, pull on, or play with in their laundry room won't cause an
Read on for help protecting not only your small child, but your entire family from
laundry room dangers.
Laundry Detergent Packets - A Warning for Parents
- Parents need to pay close attention to how they store laundry products before,
during, and after use.
- Keep laundry products in their original containers with the original label intact.
- Read and follow all instructions on the product label. Know where the safety
information is located on the label and what to do in case an injury occurs.
- Never combine laundry detergent with ammonia or other household
because some chemical mixtures may release irritating or dangerous fumes.
- Always put products away in a secure location after use, out of the reach of
children and pets. Consider storing them in a high, locked cabinet. Do not store
products on top of the washer and dryer.
- If a product container is empty, throw it away properly. Do not reuse detergent
buckets or bottles for other uses.
- Clean up any spills, and immediately wash your hands and any items you use
to pour or measure products.
- Close and lock the laundry room door when you are finished, so curious young
children cannot get in.
- Pay special attention to spray bottles. They are a common source of exposure
to cleaning solutions and should be kept out of a child’s reach.
Detergent in single-use laundry packets are very concentrated and can be toxic.
Even a small amount of the detergent can cause serious breathing or stomach
problems or eye irritation.
Between May 17 and June 17, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
reported 1,008 cases of laundry detergent poisonings. Of these, almost half were
- Never let your children handle or play with the packs. The packs dissolve
quickly when in contact with water, wet hands, or saliva.
- Remember to seal the container and store it in a locked cabinet after each use.
Make sure the container is out of sight and reach of children.
- Adults should follow the instructions on the product label.
- If your child does put one of these packets in his mouth or gets any in his eye,
call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.
American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2013)
For questions about lead or other posiosning topics:
or call the California Poison Control hotline
24-hours a day at 1-800-222-1222.
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